Best forAnimal-loving, detail-oriented kids ages 5 and up who have big imaginations
Top BenefitsEncourages imaginative play and fine motor skill development
ConsiderationsSet is quite large and difficult to move, includes lots of small pieces
Bottom lineFrom boutiques to sweet treats, Calico Critters Grand Department Store Gift Set includes all the lovely finer things in life that your kid’s little animal friends could ever hope for.
Calico Critters, the sweet, Beatrix Potter-esque miniature animal figures, can shop at their very own Calico Critters Grand Department Store in this appealing alternative to the classic doll house. A handbag salon, pretty gowns, a cosmetics and perfume counter and a chocolate lounge are all on offer in this ornate two-level store that encourages imaginative play. Adult help is needed to assemble the large play set, and to snap back together pieces that sometimes come apart, usually if the structure is moved. Lots of tiny pieces, such as miniature forks and plates, can go astray (and could be a hazard for younger siblings), so you’ll want to keep them in a bag or container after each play session. Meanwhile, fastidious attention to architectural elements, such as the small manual elevator and working revolving door, will charm children and adults alike, as will the included flocked Hopscotch Rabbit figures.
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